Weekly Newsletter | August 23, 2016

This is the last Wednesday club meeting of August – 2016’s Rotary Membership Month. I am pleased to note that several of you have stepped up already and submitted a name or have moved a new member through the process. We will have another member to induct again this Wednesday. We are on a bit of a roll. Let’s keep it going. So, a special thanks to those of you who have already stepped up and those of you who said you are planning to.
Thank you for the special kindness and courtesy shown Tom Markos, Dist. 5100 Governor last week. It was good to hear his message about what a dollar can produce in service to others and the story of how he became more deeply involved in Rotary. Let’s live each day the great 2016-17 motto – “Rotary Serving Humanity.”
This week’s club meeting: Gina Ochsner – Travels to Latvia
Gina Ochsner is an international award winning author who second novel, “The Hidden Letters of Velta B,” was just released on July 26. The novel culminates a decade long journey of research and multiple trips to Latvia. Her writing has received critical acclaim from the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews and has been published in the New Yorker. She has won the Flannery O’Connor award, the Cork award and the Oregon Book award, among others. Gina will share with us stories from her travels, how the story was developed, and lessons that can be learned from the people of Latvia. And if we are lucky, what her upcoming trip to Moldova to visit a family of bear tamers might bring us!
In her spare time, Gina serves as faculty at Corban University as the writer in residence, along with serving on the creative writing faculty for Seattle Pacific University’s Masters of Fine Arts. Don’t miss hearing from one of Salem’s best kept literary secrets.
Here’s an article about Gina that recently appeared in Oregon Live.
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